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Meat Industry Loses Appeal on Country-of Origin-Labeling

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The meat industry may still be waiting on the World Trade Organization to make a call on country-of-origin labeling (COOL), but in the meantime they’ve lost another round in their fight against the rule in the D.C. Circuit courts. COOL laws mandate that meat products be labeled to tell where the food animals were born,… Continue Reading

Farm Bill: No Repeal of Country-of-Origin Labeling

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Livestock groups are expressing disappointment that “a fix” to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) was not included in the final farm bill and warning that they plan to actively oppose its passage through Congress. “COOL is a broken program that has only added costs to our industries without any measurable benefit for America’s livestock producers,” read a… Continue Reading

Big Day for Challenge to U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule

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UPDATE: After a two-hour hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said she’ll have a decision on the meat industry’s request for a preliminary injunction within 14 days. Led by the powerful American Meat Institute, most of North America’s meat industry today will be asking a federal court in Washington, D.C., for a… Continue Reading

AMI Highlights Efforts to Reduce Listeria in Meat Products

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Manufacturers of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products have “dramatically” improved the safety of their products during the last decade and plan to use what they have learned in battling this pathogen to make further process in the years to come, said American Meat Institute Foundation Chief Scientist Betsy Booren, Ph.D last week. Booren made her… Continue Reading

Vilsack: With Sequester, USDA Would Have “No Choice” But to Furlough Food Safety Inspectors

Cattlemen accuse administration for playing politics with meat inspection

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the White House have caused quite a stir in food and agriculture circles by warning that budget sequestration could lead to a two-week furlough of federal meat inspectors, which would effectively halt American meat and poultry processing. The meat industry has responded by arguing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Jack in the Box and the Decline of E. coli

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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Is AMI’s Hodges Slinging Mud in the Name of Science?

This commentary was contributed jointly by John Munsell and Dr. Richard Raymond. Last week, James H. Hodges, Executive Vice-President at the American Meat Institute (AMI), ostensibly penned an opinion piece for Food Safety News titled “Wrestling  With the Science of STEC”. You can read it here.  But in case you are not inclined to go… Continue Reading

Wrestling With the Science of STEC

When it comes to our nation’s Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) policy, some people like to wrestle in the mud.  I like to wrestle with the science.  And the science does not support the need for a new USDA policy, now set to go into effect in June.    At AMI, we regularly review microbiological… Continue Reading

STEC Testing Progress Outruns AMI Delaying Tactics

Sometimes events just run over the best planned lobbying strategy. Take the American Meat Institute (AMI) for example. Wednesday found it again rolling out what it claims are problems with testing for strains of non-O157:H7 E. coli. That might have been a good tactic to delay regulating those strains, which AMI calls the Sinful Six…. Continue Reading